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Subject:Re: FWD: Career changer vs. entry level From:Elna Tymes <etymes -at- LTS -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 29 Oct 1997 09:59:20 -0800
> I agree it's not impossible to break in, but
> where I am, in a small market, I am not getting responses to various versions
> of very good resumes. I've checked out the reasons why, and have found unless
> I have the direct '2 years direct experience at this exact job', I'm getting
> tossed out of the piles before interviews are held.
Agreed that a lot of companies pigeonhole you, looking for previous
evidence of you having done exactly what it is that they want to hire
you for now.
One of the ways around that is to take a variety of contracting jobs.
That gives you verifiable experience, using a wide assortment of tools
to perform a wide variety of tasks, and in there somewhere a picky
employer is likely to find something they can comfortably latch onto to
justify taking a risk with you.
And remember, not all contracting assignments require you to spend 'seat
time' at the company - we're getting more and more requests from
companies who are willing to work on a telecommuting basis, even from
right in our back yard.